2012-03-28 / Features

Applications For HANAC Senior Housing Available


Applications for the new HANAC senior residence in Astoria are now available, HANAC Executive Director John P. Kaiteras announced at the March 20 meeting of Community Board 1. As many as 4,000 applications are expected to be received for 65 units of new housing at the residence, 31-40 33rd St. between Broadway and 31st Avenue.

The residence will open in June, “ahead of schedule”, according to Kaiteras and is a joint project of HANAC (Hellenic-American Neighborhood Action Committee) and the Presbyterian Church of America. The federally funded development is for seniors age 62 and over with income qualifications of a maximum $29,050 per year for a single person and $33,200 per year for couples. There is no minimum income requirement. Rent payments are pegged at 30 percent of annual income under the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Section 202 Program providing supportive housing for the elderly. For more information, contact HANAC at 212-840-8005.

Kaiteras also said construction on the longdelayed public parking facility at Astoria Boulevard and 29th Street will begin next month and will last for about a year. “We are pressing to move forward as fast as we can,” Kaiteras noted.

The George T. Douris senior residence opened one year ago at 27-40 Hoyt Ave. So. and in February 2011 Community Board 1 also approved plans presented by the city for a 30,000-squarefoot, bi-level parking garage on the remaining portion of the municipal parking lot that previously occupied the site. The 60 remaining spaces that will make up the public parking share of the remaining space will include permit parking. The municipal lot originally had 134 public parking spaces. Businesses on Astoria Boulevard will be given priority for the permit parking, Kaiteras said.

In other business, a Bureau of Standards and Appeals (BSA) application for a special permit to legalize an existing required accessory attended off-street parking for 17 motor vehicles on the roof of an existing two-story building in a M1-1 zoning district was approved. The 17 roof-level parking spaces are in conjunction with an existing required eight parking spaces at cellar level. The 25 parking spaces are the required number. The premises for Summit Waterproofing and Gusman Enterprises, located at 13-17 37th Ave., was constructed about 20 years ago but the Certificate of Occupancy issued in 1987 listed the required number of parking spaces at 13 in error.

A Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) application for a license renewal to operate an unenclosed sidewalk café at Via Trenta, 36-19 30th Ave., was approved, but with restrictions.

The new owner of the premises asked for a renewal of the permit for the unenclosed sidewalk café, but increasing the proposed seating from 13 tables and 26 seats to 18 tables and 40 seats. The license renewal for 13 tables and 26 seats was approved, while the petition to modify consent to 18 tables and 40 seats was not. The restaurant, situated at the corner of 30th Avenue and 36th Street, had wanted six tables and 14 seats on 30th Avenue and 12 tables and 24 seats on 36th Street.

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